Peer Navigators

Peer Navigators are current students, typically in their 3rd or 4th year, enrolled in College of Liberal Arts majors.

They are a resource for other students in our COLA community--whether you need help filling out an academic form, a friend to study with, or someone to simply chat with over a cup of coffee! The Peer Navigators work out of the Office of Student Services and are available for 1-1 appointments most days and times Monday-Friday.

Portrait of Kate Hickey

My advice to students is to meet with your department chairs and program directors since they will often end up being your faculty advisor or a good person to go to with specific questions about your major. My favorite thing about COLA is the size of the college. The class sizes tend to be smaller, so I feel more like a person to my professors. 

Kate Hickey

Majors: International and Global Studies; Public Policy
Other Program: 3+3 BS/JD Accelerated Pre-Law Program
Hometown: Halifax, Massachusetts
Campus Involvement: Women in Business, RIT Pre-Law Society, and the Honors Program

Portrait of Kas Claussen

I absolutely love RIT because of the access to opportunities and resources that I hadn't seen at other colleges, along with the sense of community and belonging I felt the second I stepped on campus. It's this sense of community that is also one of my favorite things about COLA, the feel of a small inter-knit community within a larger, resourceful campus. It really give you the ability to explore new concepts and skills, meet people from all sorts of backgrounds, and dive into a new area while having the safety and familiarity of the Liberal Arts community behind you. 

Kas Claussen

Major: Psychology
Minor/Immersion: Legal Studies, Criminal Justice, ASL
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Campus Involvement: A-Space, the Q-Center and Circle K

Portrait of H Rose

My favorite part of RIT is how widespread and broad the entire university is, which makes COLA all the better since you are able to take classes in multiple colleges and have a more specialized and unique experience. You are able to meet so many different people with different skill sets and interests from different majors and colleges while taking your classes. Being able to branch out into different areas of the college really lets you take full advantage of all that RIT has to offer students. COLA has some of the more exciting classes you can take, make sure to look out!

H Rose

Major: Digital Humanities and Social Sciences
Hometown: Watkins Glen, New York
Campus Involvement: RIT Bowling Club, RIT Players, League of RIT

Portrait of Hannah Riley

My favorite thing about COLA is how connected everyone is. A lot of the COLA faculty make strong connections with students that make students feel welcomed. I also love that RIT is a big school because it is easier to find a niche group of people that you fit in with and there are also more resources. RIT has a great sense of community I always feel welcome wherever I go and feel at home while I am on campus.

Hannah Riley

Major: Museum Studies
Minor/Immersion: History, French
Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Portrait of John Stubbings

The one thing I have enjoyed the most since arriving at RIT has been the repeated opportunities to meaningfully interact with a variety of Liberal Arts faculty both in and outside the classroom. Time and again, I have encountered educators who are incredibly passionate about the topics of interest to which they have devoted their lives to studying.

John Stubbings

Major: Political Science
Minor/Immersion: History, International Relations
Hometown: Palmyra, NY

Portrait of Gaby Licona

Being a peer navigator allows me to keep working on the passion I have to encourage others, to build interpersonal relationships with students, and to offer my guidance to the best of my ability. There is nothing more useful and beautiful than gaining new insights and sharing our knowledge with those around us.

Gaby Licona

Major: Communication
Minor/Immersion: Gender, Art and Media
Hometown: Miami, FL
Campus Involvement: Reporter Magazine, Her Campus Magazine